Choosing the right adhesive for a specific application is not always simple. Many articles have been devoted to discussing the topic, often focusing on how the end use of a given pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) product should play into the decisions.
Formulators are constantly updating their adhesive and sealant formulations; consequently, manufacturers of the equipment used to measure the adhesives’ and sealants’ flow behavior properties must keep current with these new formulations.
Packagers and converters are always seeking the most efficient, cost-effective adhesives. Many times, synthetics are not the most reliable solutions. This is especially true in an era when U.S. companies of all types are encouraged to find more environmentally friendly options.
For many people, the glue sticks and glue guns they buy at their local hobby or hardware store are an introduction to hot-melt adhesives—but these products are only a small glimpse of what is possible in the world of hot melts.